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One call at a time

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Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson Julie Shafer and each of her fellow dispatchers work their shifts alone, handling all emergency calls singlehandedly. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 12-hour shifts without backup plan in case of sickness the norm for five dispatchers 

In a small room crammed between the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the county jail, Del Norters’ emergency calls are answered.


Mining proposal: State asks feds to protect river

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Photo courtesy of Jon Parmentier California lawmakers passed a resolution this week urging federal action to protect the North Fork Smith watershed, including Baldface Creek (pictured here), which could be impacted by runoff from proposed nickel mining. Photo courtesy of Jon Parmentier
 The California Assembly joined the state Senate Thursday in approving a resolution that formally requests federal action to “safeguard” the unprotected portions of the North Fork Smith River in Oregon, an area that has received significant local, state and national attention after a company’s efforts to mine the area were made public in 2012.


County seeks role in elk policy

Local residents and elected officials spoke up at Tuesday’s Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting to say they want to be involved before the important decisions are made on a plan being developed to manage a burgeoning elk population. 


Yurok Tribe plans to revamp boulevard

The only constant is change lately on Klamath Boulevard, where the Yurok Tribe opened Redwood Hotel Casino last year, and in the past two months opened a new tribal court building and a new visitor center. Now the tribe is reviewing bids for its latest improvement — the Klamath Gateway Project — which aims to improve the road itself.


Five suspects arrested in heroin bust

 

Del Norte and Curry sheriff’s offices, Brookings PD collaborate

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit, working in conjunction with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the Brookings Police Department, made five drug-related arrests on Tuesday afternoon shortly after 4 p.m., said Del Norte Sheriff’s Cmdr. Tim Athey.


Sheriff’s Office looks for arson ID

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a female who started a fire at the Elk Valley Rancheria near the back door of the office complex according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office on Friday.


Residential burn ban to begin on Monday

All residential outdoor burning will be banned in Del Norte, Humboldt and western Trinity counties, effective Monday. 


Clarification, June 27, 2015

Due to an editing error, Tuesday’s Triplicate article (“Big effort for tiny plants,” June 23) about the airport’s runway safety project was unclear about what mitigation the state requires for projects within the coastal zone that impact rare, threatened and endangered species. As a rare, native plant, the short-leaved evax must be relocated with an 80 percent success rate, per the California Environmental Quality Act.


Replacement coming soon

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Built in 1948, the 67-year-old George E. Tryon Bridge is the fifth bridge on South Fork Road to be replaced in the past six years. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 'Second Bridge' next on South Fork slated for update

Another bridge over the South Fork Smith River is on its way out. 


County: Balanced budget possible

First draft of 2015-16 budget over by $2.5 million

The preliminary 2015–16 county budget that supervisors approved on Tuesday came complete with a $2.5 million deficit and a promise that the books would be balanced by October.


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